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Trend report: Autumn/Winter 2018/19

We kick off the new season with some of most talked about Autumn/Winter 2018 fashion trends.

On the prowl

From fierce leopard spots to graphic zebra stripes, animal prints are once again out in force this season. While it’s no surprise to see the return of this staple print, this time around we’re loving the mix of soft silhouettes and sharp tailoring. In an even bolder move, the runway provided plenty of top-to-toe inspiration with Max Mara offering a sultry side thanks to nipped-in waists and form-fitting skirts while Roberto Cavalli merged strong prints and relaxed shapes – think silk dresses with handkerchief hems – with accessories crafted from luxe croc and python skins.

The wild west

It’s time to saddle up as designers have us heading to the outback this season thanks to some heavy-handed cowboy characteristics. From Etro’s folksy vibe to Dolce & Gabbana’s flamboyant rodeo get-up, the details and designs are as eccentric as they are exciting. If an all-over look isn’t your thing, swinging fringe separates, rustic metal belts, bronco boots and chic neck scarfs will certainly do the trick. Either way it’s fun fashion that’s bound to inject plenty of personality into your winter wardrobe.

Little Miss Sunshine

Shaking off winter’s usual gloom and doom, designers brightened up the runways with rays of yellow hues. The trick to achieving an effect that won’t leave you looking like a lemon is playing with textures. Some of our favourite finishes included Crayola bright accessories at Oscar de le Renta, edgy monochomatic accents at Fendi and Elisabetta Franchi’s fearless coupling with a shimmering chevron skirt. 

Pleats please

When it comes to championing romanticism, refinement and femininity, few trends tick all the boxes as effortlessly as pleats. From the free-spirited bohemian to the avant-garde Issey Miyake  enthusiast, pleats have appeal to almost every type of style seeker. This season however designs offer less tenderness and more attitude as many pleated pieces took to the runway with unconventional pairings -think skirts worn over trousers at Valentino and the addition of cool biker chain necklaces at Balenciaga. Of course, if you’re looking to step up your game while still retaining a soft sensibility, we’re sure you’ll agree that the designs at Loewe are downright dreamy. 

Love the leather look

You’d be hard pushed to find a style savvy city girl who doesn’t own a beloved leather piece. And with good reason, as this tough wearing textile offers the perfect blend of form and function. Debuting a far more mature feel than previous seasons, this winter we’re coveting everything from trousers and trenches to dresses and skirts in the luxe material. For those who would prefer to go for faux hide, fake it with high-gloss numbers in vinyl and latex for a sleek, wet look.    

The word is out

Over the past few seasons, we’ve watched top fashion brands brazenly push house monograms and logos with a renewed sense of passion that’s not been seen since the 90s. From those channelling the logomania trend with a wicked sense of irreverence to others offering chic head-to-toe looks unabashedly drenched in the house’s status symbol ( as seen at Fendi) designers seemed intent on saying it loud and proud.

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